New Years 2016

I know this is the time of year everyone starts making resolutions. Resolutions tend to be really generic and have no real deadlines. You tell yourself “this year I’m really going to buckle down and do XY or Z” but you don’t actually put anything on your calendar or make any plans.

This year I decided I am going to use my blog posts to keep me accountable and set myself some short term goals to help me become a better photographer. And hopefully have a lot of fun. Continue reading “New Years 2016”

Taking Stills with a Go Pro

Taking Stills with a Go Pro

After my last post about using the Go Pro at the dog park I started thinking how I could use this to take still images? We always send out holiday cards and I decided this year we would use pictures from the dog park.

Before buying the Go Pro, pulling stills from video didn’t result in the best quality pictures. Especially if you are like me and try to do everything the hard way, rather than buying expensive software for something you rarely use. Continue reading “Taking Stills with a Go Pro”

Go Pro at the Dog Park

Go Pro at the Dog Park

One of the fun things about being a photographer today is all the new and creative devices you can use. I remember as a child getting my first film camera and waiting days to get my images back. I hoarded my film and only took a picture if the shot was just what I wanted.

Now I can literally take thousands of digital images and print them instantly on my very own photo printer. We were in the mall last weekend talking to a drone pilot who makes money shooting video. It really is amazing what you can do with cameras today. Continue reading “Go Pro at the Dog Park”

Taking a Self Portrait

Taking a Self Portrait

Ok confession time, I am horrible when it comes to getting my picture taken. I’ve never liked the way I look in them and can pick them apart endlessly. Being able to post process them myself helps but I can’t help being uncomfortable when a camera is pointed my way. I think this makes me relate better to my subjects who are camera shy. Believe me when I say I feel your pain.

Knowing a few tricks can be empowering. I’ve noticed that my eyes look sleepy or heavy in photos and it’s harder and harder not to blink the longer the session goes on. Continue reading “Taking a Self Portrait”

Loki Photo booth Session

Loki Photo booth Session

It’s been raining here all weekend. Bob, me, and our two dogs are going stir crazy. Time to break out the dog treats and the camera and have some fun.

Shadow has learned that when the camera comes out she gets lots of treats and she is one food motivated dog. So when the bag comes out Shadow goes bandannas. She went full diva trying to push Loki out of the way so she could soak up all the praise for herself. She is so spoiled. Hence the reason we have 2 dogs in the photos below and not just the one I had intended. Continue reading “Loki Photo booth Session”

What makes a great photographer

What makes a great photographer

I’ve been tinkering with cameras and doodling in sketch books for as long as I can remember. I taught myself to draw by freezing my favorite Disney movies and sketching the characters on screen in one of my mothers’ old sketch books.

I devoured books on drawing and cartooning. Learning to draw forced me to pay attention to perspective and learn how to force perspective to make the images I was drawing more compelling. I learned to use the entire canvas instead of focusing on just the center of the frame.

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The time is now

The time is now

I have literally been meaning to do this for years. I love to write and the idea of a public journal where I can share my thoughts and ideas has always appealed to me. But that nagging voice in my head kept telling me I didn’t have anything to say people would want to hear.

I know this isn’t true. Sometimes I have so much I want to say it’s hard to even know where to begin. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that the timing is never a perfect, things don’t just fall into place when the time is right, so I’ve decided to stop procrastinating and jump in with both feet. Continue reading “The time is now”